Have you ever made Licorice Caramels? You need to! They are delicious. Once you start eating them, you can’t stop. They are creamy & chewy just like regular caramels, but have a licorice flavor. You can easily buy anise flavoring, in any grocery store. You can also make Strawberry caramels, by following the same recipe but use 3 capfuls strawberry flavoring in place of anise. Use red food coloring in place of the black. I also use this recipe to make Chocolate Caramels….Oh so Good. Just add 1 to 2 squares (depends on how dark of chocolate caramels you like) of Unsweetened Baking chocolate squares, and stir into the boiling mixture. I start with one, and then taste the caramel to see if it’s like we like it. In fact, I do the (water test-see below), many times over….just so that I can eat the hot caramel off of the spoon. YUM!
YOU WILL NEED:
1 Cup butter
1 cup sugar
1 1/2 cups light corn syrup
1 – 14-ounce can Sweetened condensed milk (like Eagle Brand)
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon anise flavoring or .125 fluid ounce licorice oil
Black paste food coloring
Butter an 8×8 inch pan; set aside. Combine butter, sugar, corn syrup, sweetened condensed milk, and salt in a heavy saucepan Bring to a boil over medium heat, stirring constantly. Adjust temperature to maintain a steady boil and carefully add licorice oil or anise flavoring and 1/2 ounce black food coloring. Continue cooking, stirring often, until mixture reaches firm-ball stage, 245 degrees (mixture forms a firm ball when dropped into cold water and won’t flatten when removed). If candy goes too hard, add 1 additional can sweetened condensed milk and cook again. Remove from heat and pour into prepared pan. Refrigerate until cool. Cut and wrap each piece in waxed paper or plastic wrap. Makes about 2 lbs. of candy.